Over just 19 days, from October 7 to 25, at least 7,028 people – including 2,913 children – have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
On October 26, the ministry published a comprehensive report detailing the names, ages, gender and ID numbers of 6,747 of these victims.
“The world must realise that behind every number is a story of a person whose name and identity are known,” the ministry’s spokesperson said.
The list did not include the names of 281 people, who, at the time, were still being identified by the ministry.
In recent days, the Israeli army has expanded its air and ground attacks on Gaza – including houses and hospitals – which has been under relentless air raids since the surprise attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7 that killed at least 1,405 people in Israel, according to Israeli officials.
Since the publication of this list, the death toll in Gaza has surpassed 8,500, with thousands more missing or buried under the rubble.
Health ministry figures have been consistently recognised as reliable by humanitarian groups, international organisations including the United Nations, news outlets, and branches of the United States government, spanning multiple previous rounds of fighting in Gaza.
Every hour in Gaza:
- 15 people are killed – 6 are children
- 35 people are injured
- 42 bombs are dropped*
- 12 buildings are destroyed
*Based on the first six days of the war, according to the Israeli army
Residents in Gaza have flocked to hospitals and United Nations schools for safety, hoping that Israel will abide by international law and not attack those coordinates.
However, places of shelter have also not been free from Israeli attacks.